The Vatican announced this week that Pope Francis will address the faithful gathered in the Philippines in English and not Latin as had been previously suggested. Rappler, a news site based in Manila reported over the weekend that Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the Pope will use English in the papal Masses at the Daniel Z Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City on January 17, and at the Rizal Park in Manila on January 18.
“The Pope wants to reach as many and be understood by many more,” Villegas told Rappler. “English is not the Pope’s mother tongue, but he is trying very hard to speak our language.”
The report continues:
The Pope, however, will say his Mass in the Manila Cathedral in Latin “because priests are supposed to understand Latin,” the CBCP president said.
His Mass in the Manila Cathedral on January 16 is reserved primarily for 2,000 bishops, priests, and consecrated persons.
Read Rappler’s full story here: “Vatican decides Pope’s Masses in PH will be in English“